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More West Michigan manufacturers in the automotive supply chain could be adding new facilities and equipment over the next few years.

A combination of cost-cutting initiatives and pressures from customers to globalize production may prove to be a challenge in the coming years for West Michigan companies in the automotive supply chain.

While oil and natural gas production can be a fickle business, one West Michigan manufacturer has used the industry’s boom-and-bust cycle to catapult its long-term strategic growth.

Every three years in late March, companies from across the plastics processing industry gather for NPE, a trade show and conference that is billed as the mecca for anyone wanting to see the latest in materials, machinery and technology.

Tucker Viemeister was born of industrial design. His father, industrial designer Read Viemeister, named his son after the vehicle he was designing, the 1948 Tucker Sedan. Since growing up in the industry, Viemeister went on to found national design firms including Smart Design, frogdesign NY and others. He was also responsible for designing the OXO Good Grips line of kitchenware. Viemeister will be speaking on April 7 during West Michigan Design Week. Prior to the talk, Viemeister spoke with MiBiz about the future of the industrial design field and his career.

Three Muskegon-area manufacturing companies have banded together to create their own on-site health care clinics to better manage employee health.

Throughout its life as a company, JR Automation Technologies LLC has developed a relatively straightforward formula for growth.

Three veterans of the office furniture industry want to bring their collective expertise to new product development.

As an updated outlook projects solid growth through next year, the office furniture industry’s long-term prospects are pegged not to economics but a continuation of changing office dynamics, executives say.

It’s likely that New Domestic OEMs will spur the majority of the North American automotive production growth going forward into the next five years.

The strength of the U.S. dollar in the global currency market has proven to be a double-edged sword for many West Michigan manufacturers that do business internationally.

A startup bicycle company aims to capitalize on the growing pool of commuter bicyclists with a new frame design that emphasizes comfort and efficiency.

Information technology professionals might disagree, but for many supplier personnel, dealing with the software involved in running a manufacturing firm is a necessary evil to be avoided as much as possible.

As Muskegon-area manufacturers continue to get a bounce from the region’s economic recovery, many of them worry that their ability to continue growing will face constraints related to the availability of qualified talent.

Sales for the office furniture industry picked up toward the end of 2014, according to the latest industry figures.

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